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Annual Meeting 2019

Democrats Abroad Philippines Annual Meeting is on Saturday January 19, 2019 from 4-6pm at the Elks Club, 7th Floor Corinthian Plaza, Paseo de Roxas corner Legaspi Street, Makati City. We will report on activities held in 2018, elect officers for 2019-2021, and discuss activities for 2019.

Please submit nominations for Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, Treasurer and Secretary to da-ph@democratsabroad.org. Please nominate yourself if you are interested in a position! Our group needs more people to get involved so we can be more active--there are approximately 300,000 to 400,000 Americans in the Philippines and we are reaching only a tiny fraction of them. We will also accept nominations from the floor before the vote at the annual meeting. Our by-laws state that the officers shall be gender-balanced, which means that two of the officers should be female and two male, and the Chair and Vice-Chair must be of different genders. A link to a description of the officers’ roles follows.

If you would like to attend the meeting but can’t get to Makati, we would be happy to have you join by Skype if you have a strong internet connection.

Please let us know if you can attend the meeting by emailing da-ph@democratsabroad.org. A link to the minutes of the August 18, 2018 meeting follows.


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Voters’ Open House October 2018

Democrats Abroad Philippines held a Voters’ Open House on Saturday October 6, 2018 from 2-5pm in Ortigas at Profiles Asia Pacific, Inc., One Magnificent Mile-CITRA Building, 39 San Miguel Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City. Thanks to Democrats Abroad Philippines member Jocelyn Pick for providing the space for us!

We helped people with registering to vote, requesting ballots, and answered questions about voting in the November 2018 election. For those who already had ballots, we provided a “voting booth” where voters could privately fill out their ballots. And we provided information about whether or not voters needed to mail their ballots or if they can email or fax it back, and answered other questions they had.

Due to new state laws regarding absentee ballots, we could only provide verbal assistance and couldn't assist with putting ballots in envelopes or mailing them. Voters could either drop their ballots off at the US Embassy or mail it through the Philippine Post Office with registered mail safest.

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How to Vote for the US Midterm Elections 2018 from Abroad for Americans Overseas

We work to advance the principles of our Party by spreading the Democratic message to Americans in the Philippines and encouraging them to vote for Democratic candidates back home. ~ Democrats Abroad Philippines, 2018

1. Request Your Ballot

Go to www.VoteFromAbroad.org and click the Request Ballot tab, which brings you to the Register to Vote/Absentee Ballot Request page. Note: when filling in your Voter Information, for US citizens living outside the country who intend to return, choosing the first option “I am a U.S. citizen living outside the country, and my return is uncertain” may be the safest answer to ensure you receive your absentee ballot if you will be abroad for some time. Follow the instructions on the website and ask for your blank ballots to be delivered to you electronically by email if possible. The website will tell you if your state allows the return of your request electronically or if you must submit a paper copy with original signature.

2. Receive and Complete Your Ballot

If you are set to receive your electronic ballot by email, keep an eye out for an email with the subject line: 2018 General Election Official Ballot. It will include instructions on how to vote and return the ballot. Note: perhaps best to print your blank electronic ballot, fill it up, hand sign it, and scan.

3. Return Your Completed Ballot

If you received your electronic ballot by email, follow the instructions in the email on how to return it. If you must mail a paper ballot from the Philippines, we suggest using the Philippine Post Office and send it using registered mail which only costs about PhP200 (US$4).

For Further Information

If you have any questions about registering to vote overseas from the Philippines, please contact Democrats Abroad Philippines at email da-ph@democratsabroad.org or call +63.917.892.2989.

Remember, your vote counts! Be absent but accounted for! VOTE NOW! DON’ T WAIT!!


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Thanksgiving 2018

On Thanksgiving Day, Thursday November 22, 2018, Democrats Abroad Philippines visited American detainees at the Bicutan Immigration Detention Facility in Bicutan and brought them food, reading materials and other necessities. We have continued to provide support for a few incarcerated Americans, with Democrats Abroad Philippines members John Boyd and Dave Kuchenbecker making regular visits with logistical support from Democrats Abroad Philippines Chair Lisa Pagkalinawan. Dave has made efforts to compile a list of detainees and offer assistance. Photo by Democrats Abroad member Jon Sachs.

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U.S. ELECTION DAY 2018 - 2 Events in the Philippines!

(1) ELECTION 2018: THE RESULTS on WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 7 at 8AM-11:30AM.

Join Democrats Abroad Philippines to watch the 2018 Midterm Election Results LIVE at UNION JACK TAVERN-MAKATI, Ground Floor Citiland Condominium III Building, 105 V.A. Rufino Street corner Esteban Street, Legazpi Village, Makati City. Self-paid à la carte menu available.

(2) POST-ELECTION 2018 on WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 7 at 6PM-9PM.

Recap the 2018 Election results with fellow members of Democrats Abroad Philippines at FARFALLA RISTORANTE ITALIANO at HOTEL DURBAN, 4875 Durban Street and Makati Avenue, off Burgos Street, Makati City. Celebrate the end of Election 2018 (and—fingers crossed—a positive outcome). Enjoy an all-day P100 cocktail catalog.

RSVP at 0917.892.2989 or da-ph@democratsabroad.org

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Democrats Abroad meet former Sen. Jim Webb in Manila

Interesting talk with former Democratic senator from Virginia @JimWebbUSA on October 4, 2018. Thank you Rotary Club of Manila for organizing it and inviting @DemsAbroadPH. Webb was Reagan's Navy secretary, but won his Senate seat in 2008 as a moderate Democrat. Photo shows Senator Jim Webb, Lisa Pagkalinawan and Angelo Goode.


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Memorial Day Ceremony Sunday, May 27 8-9 am at the American Cemetery in Taguig City

The US Embassy and American Association of the Philippines will hold their annual Memorial Day ceremony earlier that Sunday, May 27 at the American Cemetery in Taguig City. It is open to the public and some members of Democrats Abroad plan to attend. The ceremony starts promptly at 8 and ends at 9. Best to be there by 7:30 to get a seat near one of the fans! A limited number of cars are allowed to enter and park or you can get dropped off at the entrance and either walk to the memorial or take a shuttle that will be circling back and forth.

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Photos from DA-Philippines #ResistanceSummer Event at the July 4th Celebration

DA-Philippines Members filling out postcards addressed to their representatives, advocating for health care and climate change action.

Democrats Abroad and Republicans Abroad shared a joint table at the July 4th Celebration. 

Thank you to everyone who volunteered and participated in our #ResistanceSummer Event during the July 4th Celebration!

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How to contribute to GET OUT THE VOTE in 2016

Democrats Abroad Philippines Members - you can help make a difference this election by being part of the Phone Bank Team, the Voter Information Help Team, or as a Social Media Promoter!



1. Get Out the Vote - Phone Bank Team

Make some calls to fellow members of Democrats Abroad Philippines in our 3R Campaign (Request, Receive and Return ballots) now until mid-October. This year we're using an online system called CallHub to make the GOTV calls.

  • You'll need your own computer or laptop (CallHub doesn't work on tablets like iPads)

  • The computer makes the call for you, so you won't use your phone minutes or much data.

  • CallHub will offer prompts for what to say and ask to check if they've requested, received or returned an absentee ballot.

  • You can make as few or as many calls as you are able to between now and mid-October.

  • You make the calls when it suits you, from the comfort of your home or office.

Instructions to Sign Up for Phone Banking
a. Log on to Democrats Abroad at
https://democratsabroad.nationbuilder.com/login (Only US citizens can be DA members & volunteer)

b. Copy http://www.democratsabroad.org/voter_support_team into your browser once you are logged on.

c. Select 'phone banking' (see below about the GOTV Help Desk Team)

d. Select the number of calls you think you can make in any given week of the 3R campaign. 20 - 50 calls a week is actually about an hour's worth of time for democracy, because the calls are short and you'll get a fair number of voice malls and invalid phone numbers.

e. Sign the confidentiality agreement and submit!

f. CallHub works best on the Google Chrome browser. You can download it at https://www.google.com/chrome/

g. Activate your CallHub account by clicking the link in the email sent to you with your username. (It may take up to 10 minutes for the email to be sent).

i. Bookmark https://app.callhub.io/login/

j. Your first call will be test call with a Democrats Abroad Philippines assessor, who will then contact DA to get you set up with the Australia campaign.

k. You'll receive an email and you'll be good to go to start making calls!


2. Get Out the Vote - Voter Information Help Team

Can I vote at the Consulate? Can I vote from overseas as US citizen who never lived there? Where's my ballot? Be a part of the global team answering these questions and more sent to the VoteFromAbroad Help Desk. You'll get training to help direct voters to resources for all their answers.

Instructions to Sign Up for the Voter Info Help Team

a. Log on to Democrats Abroad at https://democratsabroad.nationbuilder.com/login (Only US citizens can be DA members & volunteer)

b. Copy http://www.democratsabroad.org/voter_support_team into your browser once you are logged on.

c. Select 'voter information'

d. Select the estimate of your time commitment.

e. More information will be sent to you by email shortly!



3. Social Media Promoter

Post or tweet about http://www.votefromabroad.org/a great resource to request absentee ballots and voter information. Take a selfie of you sending in your ballot request or absentee ballot. There's nothing like the positive pressure of social media!